Virginia topples Texas Tech to claim United States college title

If he can continue to work on his outside shooting, Hunter could turn into one of the most potent prospects in this draft class. Hunter tied the game at 68 sending the game to overtime.

UVa. led by as many as nine the second half before the Red Raiders stormed back to take a three point lead with 22 seconds to play. This time, Virginia took care of business. But soon, time will give the Spartans perspective on what they have accomplished and what a special team they were. "I was aggressive in the first half, but the shots weren't falling". The Red Raiders, who weren't ranked when the season started, played with enormous heart, overcoming multiple double-digit deficits to get ahead of the favored Cavaliers.

However, the consistency that De'Andre Hunter showed during this ACC and NCAA Tournament. Virginia hit all 12 of its free throws in overtime.

And here he is cheering on the Red Raiders with a amusing gesture during the contest. "I just stayed aggressive and the shots started dropping". It was Virginia up 32-29 going into the break, the Cavaliers' first lead since the 6:39 mark in the first half.

With Texas Tech's primary options in a funk, Francis was a one-man gang for critical stretches and Culver heated up in the second half. Guy previously made a pair of free throws for the Cavaliers to keep it a one-possession game. Texas Tech won its game the next day, prompting coach Chris Beard to expand the cell phone ban. You can theoretically bet on the Texas Tech moneyline and lock in profit no matter which team cuts down the nets.

Tech had plenty of time to break the tie but wound up with a Culver three-point attempt that wasn't close. Hunter's defense dictated Jarrett Culver's success in the national championship while the two went blow for blow in this heavyweight battle. Cavaliers guard Ty Jerome easily dribbled around Odiase at the top.

It made for a cocktail that was both sweet and intoxicating.

Hunter made the game-tying three, and the rest was history.


An 85-77 overtime win against Texas Tech ensured U.Va.'s ultimate comeback after becoming the first No. 1 seed in tournament history last season to lose to a No. 16 seed, when the Cavaliers fell to Maryland-Baltimore County in the first round.

"It's the greatest feeling I've ever felt in basketball", Guy said.

Given the road to their one shining moment Monday, the Virginia Cavaliers plan to appreciate the national championship glow. "I think (last year's loss to UMBC) bought us a ticket to a national championship". In terms of my guys, I've never been more proud in coaching.

Despite this, Culver's title game was hard.

Hunter gave Virginia an early lead from the foul line before Matt Mooney followed a clutch triple with a jump shot in all sorts of traffic to put Texas Tech up 73-70.

"These young men deserve this championship".

"We could have scrambled at him and ran at him a little bit more, and that might be a coaching mistake, but we were dialed in", Beard said.

Thirty years later, Bennett turned the Cavaliers into contenders again, but they always underachieved once the calendar turned to March.


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